A child of two worlds -- the son of an aristocratic Spanish military man turned landowner and a Shoshone warrior woman -- young Diego de la Vega cannot silently bear the brutal injustices visited upon the helpless in late-eighteenth-century California. And so a great hero is born -- skilled in... show more
A child of two worlds -- the son of an aristocratic Spanish military man turned landowner and a Shoshone warrior woman -- young Diego de la Vega cannot silently bear the brutal injustices visited upon the helpless in late-eighteenth-century California. And so a great hero is born -- skilled in athleticism and dazzling swordplay, his persona formed between the Old World and the New -- the legend known as Zorro.
Publish date: April 25th 2006
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, Book Club
, Media Tie In
, Historical Fiction
, Magical Realism
, Spanish Literature
The novelization of the telling of Zorro is a quick paced and action-packed tale, starting out from his youth in California before relocating to Spain. Despite the privilege of his familial upbringing, he becomes best of friends with his wet nurse's son. Zorro develops a strong sense of justice with...
I absolutely loved Allende's style of writing but sadly I didn't care much for her version of Zorro. The character of Diego de la Vega, I just didn't find all that interesting. He spent way too much time obsessing over Juliana through most of the book and to be honest I got rather tired of it. Ther...
This is a fun, revisionist prequel of the story of Zorro that mixes history & fiction nicely in the style of Dumas, & has tongue-in-cheek humor, very good characterization (e.g. Isabel & Amelia) & modern conscience (esp. wrt. colonialism & gender issue). Isabel Allende is a really amazing writer imo...
Isabel Allende gave the world a wonderful origin story for the legend of Zorro. Yes, I grew up with the black and white TV show and have enjoyed the various movies. But this story was the first tale that gave Zorro true seriousness.This riveting tale starts with Zorro's parents and continues on from...
Being a big fan of "El Zorro", this book came as a bit of a disappointment. I can't put my finger on exactly what bothered me...I guess there was just something missing. Don't ask me what, the book and I simply didn't click.Don't get me wrong, the book was good, just not as good as I expected it to ...
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